Family 411: The risks and plans for postpartum depression
Becoming a new mom should be a joyous occasion, but there are moms who struffle with postpartum depression.
Tara Morgan shows us why some are at a higher risk and how having a plan can make for a healthy motherhood in this week's Family 411 report.
Meredith Cameron is a mother of two.
Her second childbirth experience was much different from her first.
"We were ecited. We decided not to find out if it was a boy or a girl."
Five years ago, Meredith and her husband brought home a healthy baby boy they name Colin.
"It definitly kind of threw me for a loop how easily I didn't adjust."
As she settled in with Colin, so did feelings of anxiety and depression.
"It was very loney which is weird I think, because I had so many people around me."
On top of all that, there was guilt.
"I knew I should feel that joy and I didn't."
Perniatal Psychiatrist Tamar Gur says about 25 percent of women develop postpartum depression where mothers feel low and hopeless.
"It turns into not being able to enjoy anything. Not the baby, not other family members, not wanting to go outside."
Dr. Gur says postpartum depression begins two weeks after delivery and can last up to six months to a year.
"Some moms feel like they're somehow tainted or not good enough and don't really deserve to be around the baby."
Meredith struggled for the first nine months.
"Finally my husband was like 'honey, you need to go talk to somebody. You're not yourself.'"
Medication helped Meredith feel like herself again.
Meredith met with Dr. Gur before she bacame pregnant with her son Reeve.
"I was very concerned about taking medication while I was pregnant."
Meredith knew she was at a higher risk for postpartum depression after experiencing it once before.
She started with a low dose of medication and increased it after giving birth.
"I truly think that's whay probably what helped me the most. I didn't have to wait the six weeks for the medication to work."
Dr. Gur says women may pass off postpartum depression as 'Baby Blues' and don't seek treatment.
"It's now a sign of weakness. It's not a sign of failure. You can be the best mom on earth and have postpartum depression."
Mereidth recommends new moms to consider an in-home nurse in the beginning. She did for her second child.
"Just overall, it was much healthier and enjoyable."
Colin and Reeve may one day get a brother or sister.
"I'd consider another one now. I don't know if my husband would consider it."
Dr. Gur encourages new moms reconnect with a passion they had before pregnancy, like reading or painting, to help bring a sense of normalcy.